Philosophy Final Essay

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1. Choose two of the philosophers we've read and compare them on one idea that is most important to you. a. Clearly explain the idea using references to the text. b. Show that each of these philosophers agrees on this particular idea ( e.g., each of these philosophers agrees that...use references from the text to show that this is so ). Do you agree with the view the philosophers put forward? Why, or why not?
The two philosophers I have chosen are Kant and Thoreau and Transcendentalism. Transcendentalism is defined by the Webster’s Dictionary as: a philosophy that emphasizes the a priori conditions of knowledge and experience or the unknowable character of ultimate reality or that emphasizes the transcendent as the fundamental reality.
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His most famous book, Walden (1854), is an eloquent account of his experiment in near-solitary living in close harmony with nature; it is also an expression of his transcendentalist philosophy, in literature.”

Looking at both of these passages, one can see how both philosophers refers to sensory and internal reflection. Kant and Thoreau both see transcendentalism as beliefs that God is imminent in each person and in nature and that individual intuition is the highest source of knowledge led to an optimistic emphasis on individualism, self-reliance, and rejection of traditional authority.
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2.Based on all of the philosophers we've read explain what doing philosophy is all about. Again, be sure to use relevant parts of the text.
Philosophy is a study of the purpose of life. Philosophy differs from science in that both the natural and the social sciences base their theories wholly on established fact, whereas philosophy also covers areas of inquiry where no facts as such are available. On page 149, in Ten Theories of Human Nature state how Kant “hoped to paint on big (though complicated) picture, giving human nature its appropriate place with in physical nature. Pieper also states an important insight on what philosophy is all about on page 110 of The philosophical act: “To philosophize; means to withdraw – not from the things of everyday life- but form the currently accepted meaning attached to them, or to question the value place upon

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